2021 Triumph Bonneville T100, T120, and T120 Black: Unveiled
The new Bonnies are quicker and lighter than before
- Bonneville T120 and T120 Black are now 7kg lighter.
- The Bonneville T100 produces 10PS more.
- All the bikes now come with Brembo brakes.
Ever since Triumph teased its upcoming range of Bonneville motorcycles, everyone had been waiting for the British brand to spill the beans. However, Triumph was discreet to have kept everything under wraps and has only now officially unveiled the 2021 Bonneville T100, T120, and the T120 Black.
The 2021 Triumph Bonneville T120 And T120 Black
One glance at these Bonnevilles, and you’ll hardly notice the difference. Look closely, and you’ll see that the T120 Black isn’t wholly blacked-out. It now comes in a dual-tone black-and-grey paint scheme. Triumph has also switched back to the old school, chrome 3-bar tank badge. Another change comes in the form of an updated instrument cluster that now features the Bonneville branding.
The real updates are under the skin. For starters, the BS6-compliant 1,200cc parallel-twin engine now makes 80PS at 6,550rpm and 105Nm at 3,500rpm. That’s the same amount of power generated and 1Nm more than the outgoing model. However, it is a big deal, given that Triumph has managed to shed 7kg off the T120 and the T120 Black. The brand has achieved this by using lighter components, including new aluminum wire-spoke rims.
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The braking setup has been updated too, with new Brembo brakes replacing the older Nissin units. The 2021 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black now come equipped with cruise control as standard, coupled with updated ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes that work better in conjunction with the traction control and engine maps.
The 2021 Triumph Bonneville T100
Much like the T120, the Triumph Bonneville T100 gets minor cosmetic updates like a blacked-out engine, an updated instrument console, and a heel guard for the rider’s footpegs. However, the highlight has surely got to be this Bonnie’s engine.
The 900cc parallel-twin motor runs cleaner now and produces 65PS at 7,400rpm and 80Nm at 3,750rpm. Not only has Triumph managed to extract 10PS more but is also betting on it to be more responsive. In fact, the redline has increased by 500rpm now.
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Triumph has also updated the hardware on the T100. Suspension duties up front are now handled by new cartridge forks. The Nissin brake calliper has been dropped in favour of a Brembo unit, much like the T120. Despite all the updates, the 2021 Triumph Bonneville is now 4kg lighter than the model it replaces.
Are these coming to India? Yes, they are. Triumph’s onslaught in India with the new Bonnevilles start from April. Although the brand hasn’t revealed anything about the pricing yet, we expect these bikes to carry a premium of around Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000. Currently, the T100 and T120 retail at Rs 8.87 lakh and Rs 9.97 lakh, respectively (all ex-showroom).
At the moment, the Triumph Bonnevilles do not have a direct competitor. However, the Kawasaki W800 Street is a viable alternative for retro-motorcycle aficionados.